Established in 1947 by the legendary Gwendolyn Koldofsky, the keyboard collaborative arts program at the USC Thornton School of Music was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. With an internationally acclaimed faculty, students from around the globe and graduates who are among the most notable leaders and innovators in the field of collaboration, the program has remained preeminent for more than half a century. The keyboard collaborative arts program, administered by the department of keyboard studies, nurtures aspiring pianists by enriching and guiding them through their study of collaboration in chamber music, song repertoire and opera. Additionally students may choose the opportunity to improve their strengths in foreign language diction and opera coaching. Another great benefit open to students in the keyboard collaborative arts program is the privileged prospect of interfacing with many of the stellar faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in other performance areas, including keyboard studies, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and vocal arts.